Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Healthy Snacks

As promised, here are some healthier recipes I have tried.  While the hubby is at work, I figured I would try out some of the recipes he won't eat, plus it's nice to switch things up a bit.  I hope that you find something you like!  Enjoy!

This recipe comes from Skinny Minnie Moves.  I already had the ingredients needed, so I figured I would go ahead and make these.  I am so glad I did!  They were so good!  The poppers make a great snack and were so easy to make!  I used the PB2 with cocoa this time, but will try just the regular peanut butter next time.  Also, they were a little difficult to roll into balls, so I used a small cookie scoop and that worked just fine.  

PB2 Poppers

1/2 cup PB2 (regular or cocoa)
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup low fat graham cracker crumbs (about 3 "sheets")
2 Tablespoons oats

First mix the PB2 and water.  Next add your graham cracker crumbs and mix well.  Last, but not least, add your oats and mix.  Roll (I used a cookie scooper) into balls.  Makes 15-16 and are only 42.5 calories with 2 grams of protein (I didn't do the calculations, just highlighting it)!

I love my Venti Iced Skinny Vanilla Latte from Starbucks, so when I saw this drink I had to try it.  Sadly this recipe from Peanut Butter & Peppers wasn't my low-calorie Starbucks replacement.  With only having 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder, that's all I could taste.  Honestly, most things I make and don't care for I can usually suck it up and eat/drink it, vowing to never make it again, but this I could not.  Hopefully if you have any interest in trying it you still will.  I'm sure others might love it!  

Skinny Vanilla Mocha Frappe

1 heaping teaspoon instant coffee
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup skim milk
3 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 packet Stevia 

Mix the coffee and water until combined.  Pour into a shallow container and freeze 4 hours or overnight.  

Once frozen, blend with other ingredients.  Makes over 2 cups and is 43.3 calories and 4.2 grams of protein (not my calculations).

These "fried" bananas were quite the sweet treat.  I love bananas and this was a deliciously different way to enjoy them.  I ate them as is, but it would be great with some yogurt or ice cream, if you want to indulge a bit.  They don't take long to make and you more then likely have everything on hand, so why not go ahead and whip up a batch!  You won't regret it.  The recipe can be found here.  

"Fried" Honey Bananas

coconut oil
1 banana, sliced
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon water

Heat coconut oil over medium-high heat.  Add the bananas, "frying" 1-2 minutes per side.  

Whisk together the honey and water.  Remove the bananas from heat and pour the honey water over the top.  Let cool and sprinkle cinnamon on top.

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